Murphy has been an integral part of Davis-Standard for more than 25 years, progressing through various leadership roles in sales and engineering management. He is also one of the most respected and active leaders in the plastics industry, most recently serving as chairman of NPE 2015.
Prior to this promotion, Murphy was a member of Davis-Standard’s Office of the President and responsible for leading Davis-Standard’s sales and marketing efforts. In his new role, he will be supported by a strong leadership team in the United States, Europe and Asia.
“I am honoured by the opportunity to lead Davis-Standard and excited about our future,” he said. “The Davis-Standard family is almost 900 strong and working around the clock to serve customers worldwide. We are a market leader with outstanding employees and industry partners. We will continue to work together to build stronger customer relationships, cutting edge technology, and superior service and support.”
Robert Geckle, a current member of Davis-Standard’s board of directors, will support the leadership team as chairman of the board. Geckle has been part of the board of directors for over a year and has significant executive experience with industrial companies and private equity. His most recent corporate position was as president of the Textron Fluid and Power Systems Group. Prior to that, he was president of Branson Ultrasonics, the market leader in plastic joining technology.
“Jim Murphy’s customer focus, strategic understanding of the markets, and overall experience with this business make him the ideal choice to lead Davis-Standard,” said Geckle. “He has an excellent rapport with customers, partners and suppliers, and has continually proven himself with value-driven results. We have the utmost confidence that Jim will strengthen our foundation as we continue to build a best-in-class company in a highly competitive marketplace.”